The Hitchhiker’s Guide to UFC 189

So the date and location has now been set. Conor McGregor will get his Featherweight Title shot against Jose Aldo on 11th July 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The fight was rumoured to take place in May, however, UFC officials this weekend confirmed the dates, which will headline UFC 189 as part of International Fight Week. So now we have the dates and venue confirmed, the good folks at WHOATV wanted to give you a breakdown of the most cost effective way of getting out to Vegas to potentially witness history.


So with the fight going down on the Saturday night we have assumed that you will want to embrace the whole Fight Week atmosphere and get there for the fan expo which takes place on the Friday and Saturday. With this in mind we have priced the below flights on flying out on Thursday 9th and returning on Monday 13th.

So if London is your closest airport, a flight from Gatwick totals £787 with two stops, although the return flight is a direct flight which takes approx 10 hours. There is the option of spending a few more quid (£151 exactly) and forking out £938 but we are trying to work out the cheapest price for you.


It’s safe to assume that McGregor will attract a phenomenal amount of Irish support, but unfortunately for the Irish there are no direct flights from Dublin to Vegas so they will have to fly to Gatwick and then on to Vegas. The flights for the Irish are slightly less than flying directly from Gatwick at £644 being the cheapest we have been able to find.



So now we have the flights sorted we next need to find somewhere to rest your head for the fun ahead. Now looking at rock bottom prices the Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino is an absolute steal at only £84 for the four nights (

But if you are like me and of the opinion of embracing the occasion you may wish to explore the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino at £182 or the Flamingo Hotel & Casino at £208 (also


Fight night tickets are not yet on sale for UFC 189 but you almost certainly want to sort these out before landing in the fight capital of the world. The prices for UFC 183 which went down this following weekend ranged from $128 for the nose bleed seats, to $1,000 cage side. Be sure to CLICK HERE for updates from the UFC on tickets.

You can already reserve your tickets for the fan expo HERE with prices ranging from $40 for a day entrance only to $2,500 for the Ultimate VIP Ticket.


So I know there is a lot of information to take in but if you are looking at rock bottom prices here is the breakdown;

Travelling from Gatwick – £787 (Flight), £84 (Hotel), $128 (UFC 189 Ticket) & $60 (Fan Expo 2 day entrance). Total price – £996

Travelling from Dublin – £644 (Flight), £84 (Hotel), $128 (UFC 189 Ticket) & $60 (Fan Expo 2 day entrance). Total price – €1,136

Obviously these prices will fluctuate from time to time and the closer we get to the event the more expensive things will become and hotels will begin to fill up.

So if you are planning on getting out to Vegas to see McGregor fight Aldo you better start saving the pennies now and be sure to budget for a few more as those casinos are very inviting.

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